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For the go-getters and high-achievers, standing out at work is in their DNA. Blending in and being average is not good enough for those who want to climb high to reach new levels in their careers. Whether you want to impress the manager or boss, be someone your co-workers look up to, or simply want to push yourself to be your best, standing out at work is the way to shine by proving your worth.


That said, there can be a fine line between standing out and showing off. Praise for hard work and dedication won't come readily when you are full of yourself. You can be proud of your talents and accomplishments, but there is a way to do so without putting others off. Tooting your own horn will not be necessary when your abilities and achievements are the star of the show. Be a stellar employee and do great work and it will not go unnoticed.

Here are three ways you can stand out without being a showoff. Be held in high regard and valued by your peers and management, no braggadocio required.

Show Up Early, But Make Those Moments Count

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The early bird catches the worm, but only with a mission to make it happen. Just showing up does not make for success, you must be present with purpose. Make it your mantra to get up and at 'em, and beat the traffic to make it to your desk before the rest of the bunch file in.

But as per LinkedIn, make this time count… and not just for yourself, but for the benefit of the company as a whole. "Do something visibly worthwhile for the company. Take care of unresolved problems from the day before. Set things up so it's easier for employees to hit the ground running when they come in. Be the one who gets in early or stays late in order to get things done. Not only will your performance stand out, you'll also start to."

Never Procrastinate… Start Now & Do It Well

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An eager attitude and an energetic demeanor will make it known that you are a hard worker and dedicated employee who is ready for action at any time. Putting things off or doing minimal work is not going to prove you have value. According to The Muse, when "you have a sense of urgency," you will stand out to your boss. "High-performing employees have a sense of urgency to get things done as they arise to avoid getting backed up with tasks."

Forbes adds, "To stand out (and get promoted, if that's your goal), you need to do outstanding work that will get you seen by your boss and others in management roles. Look for ways you can go above and beyond the daily requirements."

Be Reliable and Helpful

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Can you be counted on to get the job done well and on time? Do others seek out your help and advice when it counts most? Are you always prepared and ready for action? If so, you are already a standout, and surely, others are aware of and impressed by your work ethic.

As Forbes suggests, "Don't wait for someone to approach you; pitch in when it appears they might need some help. Help others because you want to, not because you expect something in return." And The Muse adds, "A truly responsible employee will follow through on any mistakes made in the task completion, take ownership, and ensure that he or she can still be relied on in the future."

Follow these three pieces of advice and you will not need to show off your skills, they will be evident. Do your best and you will stand out above the rest!

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Over two years into the most momentous event in our lives the world has changed forever … Some of us have PTSD from being locked up at home, some are living like everything’s going to end tomorrow, and the rest of us are merely trying to get by. When the pandemic hit we entered a perpetual state of vulnerability, but now we’re supposed to return to normal and just get on with our lives.

What does that mean? Packed bars, concerts, and grocery shopping without a mask feel totally strange. We got used to having more rules over our everyday life, considering if we really had to go out or keeping Zooming from our living rooms in threadbare pajama bottoms.

The work-from-home culture changed it all. Initially, companies were skeptical about letting employees work remotely, automatically assuming work output would fall and so would the quality. To the contrary, since March of 2020 productivity has risen by 47%, which says it all. Employees can work from home and still deliver results.

There are a number of reasons why everyone loves the work from home culture. We gained hours weekly that were wasted on public transport, people saved a ton of money, and could work from anywhere in the world. Then there were the obvious reasons like wearing sweats or loungewear all week long and having your pets close by. Come on, whose cat hasn’t done a tap dance on your keyboard in the middle of that All Hands Call!

Working from home grants the freedom to decorate your ‘office’ any way you want. But then people needed a change of environment. Companies began requesting their employees' RTO, thus generating the Hybrid Work Model — a blend of in-person and virtual work arrangements. Prior to 2020, about 20% of employees worked from home, but in the midst of the pandemic, it exploded to around 70%.

Although the number of people working from home increased and people enjoyed their flexibility, politicians started calling for a harder RTW policy. President Joe Biden urges us with, “It’s time for Americans to get back to work and fill our great downtowns again.”

While Boris Johnson said, “Mother Nature does not like working from home.'' It wasn’t surprising that politicians wanted people back at their desks due to the financial impact of working from the office. According to a report in the BBC, US workers spent between $2,000 - $5,000 each year on transport to work before the pandemic.

That’s where the problem lies. The majority of us stopped planning for public transport, takeaway coffee, and fresh work-appropriate outfits. We must reconsider these things now, and our wallets are paying

the price. Gas costs are at an all-time high, making public transport increase their fees; food and clothes are all on a steep incline. A simple iced latte from Dunkin’ went from $3.70 to $3.99 (which doesn’t seem like much but 2-3 coffees a day with the extra flavors and shots add up to a lot), while sandwiches soared by 14% and salads by 11%.

This contributes to the pressure employees feel about heading into the office. Remote work may have begun as a safety measure, but it’s now a savings measure for employees around the world.

Bloomberg are offering its US staff a $75 daily commuting stipend that they can spend however they want. And other companies are doing the best they can. This still lends credence to ‘the great resignation.’ Initially starting with the retail, food service, and hospitality sectors which were hard hit during the pandemic, it has since spread to other industries. By September 2021, the US Bureau of Labor Statistics reported 4.4 million resignations.

That’s where the most critical question lies…work from home, work from the office or stick to this new hybrid world culture?

Borris Johnson thinks, “We need to get back into the habit of getting into the office.” Because his experience of working from home “is you spend an awful lot of time making another cup of coffee and then, you know, getting up, walking very slowly to the fridge, hacking off a small piece of cheese, then walking very slowly back to your laptop and then forgetting what it was you’re doing.”

While New York City Mayor Eric Adams says you “can't stay home in your pajamas all day."

In the end, does it really matter where we work if efficiency and productivity are great? We’ve proven that companies can trust us to achieve the same results — or better! — and on time with this hybrid model. Employees can be more flexible, which boosts satisfaction, improves both productivity and retention, and improves diversity in the workplace because corporations can hire through the US and indeed all over the world.

We’ve seen companies make this work in many ways, through virtual lunches, breakout rooms, paint and prosecco parties, and — the most popular — trivia nights.

As much as we strive for normalcy, the last two years cannot simply be erased. So instead of wiping out this era, it's time to embrace the change and find the right world culture for you.

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